West Montrose Kissing Bridge | In My Own Backyard

This week I just have to share with you one of the most instagramable spots in Ontario that not many people know about.

History of West Montrose Covered Bridge 

West Montrose Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario.  It was built in 1881 and spans 198 feet across the Grand River and was designated as a Provincial Historic Site in 1960.  Back in the day the Mennonites would sneak a kiss while travelling through the covered bridge which has given the bridge its nickname of “Kissing Bridge”.

The Kissing Bridge is still used today by horse and buggies, pedestrians, and vehicles  weighing less than 3 tonnes, to allow them to cross the Grand River.

Map from Toronto to West Montrose Covered Bridge, Ontario's longest covered bridge
Map from Toronto, Ontario to West Montrose Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge)

How To Get To West Montrose Covered Bridge 

The Kissing Bridge is located in the Village of West Montrose, which has a population of 257.   West Montrose is 112.7 km from Toronto, and a short drive from St. Jacobs, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph.  It is worth a visit to the Kissing Bridge if you want to grab the perfect instagram shot.  You might even get lucky enough to come across a horse and buggy, which still frequent the area to this day.

Bring your fishing pole when visiting the West Montrose Kissing Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Ontario, Canada
There is great fishing in the Grand River
Hike and fish by the historical West Montrose Bridge in the Region of Waterloo
This historical West Montrose Kissing Bridge

I hope that when visiting in my own backyard you will take the time to stop in to see the Kissing Bridge to get that perfect instagram picture!

Well I am off to see what other goodies I can find in my own backyard.  Until next time…..

Kelly xoxo


39 thoughts on “West Montrose Kissing Bridge | In My Own Backyard

  1. Brian

    Such a cool spot to have locally! It’s a goal of mine to get out to the east coast and see some of the covered bridges of New England! Would love to also get up to the eastern side of Canada and explore as I’ve only been to the western side thus far. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Sarah Camp | In Search of Sarah

    Yesss I have this bridge marked for our next trip when we go to St Jacobs! Thanks for sharing these spots because honestly I didn’t know some of these existed and I’ve lived here my whole life hahahah!!!

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  3. Caitlin

    I see the comments above about Vermont. VT is where I am from and I so often forget how lucky I was to grow up amongst this beauty – we have multiple covered bridges within a few miles radius. So many tourists are always coming and snapping photos!

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  4. travelsandwandering

    I love these kissing bridges they are so quant. Are they an a American or Canadian thing? We don’t have them here in the U.K. but I have property in New Brunswick round the courner from one and I don’t know why but I just love them.

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  5. Pamela Drager

    I love your hidden gems! They’re always so great 🙂 Though whenever I see a covered bridge I think of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp haha.


  6. Stephanie Amb

    How cute, I LOVE the story behind this bridge! I wonder if this was before or after the Mennonite couple was married? This covered bridge is so idyllic, and with a horse and buggy driving by, I’m sure it’s even more so!

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